Residents Rejoice at Chetwynd as Religious Services Resume.

Monica Usher (84) and her fellow residents at Chetwynd House in Chilwell recently took part in their first face-to-face church service since the start of COVID-19 in March 2020.

Monica Usher, a long-term resident of Chetwynd House and devote Christian said “I have really struggled with the virtual church services during Covid but it was definitely better than nothing. I feel reborn and a renewed sense of belonging to my community, it’s always nice to see the Reverend in person.”

Singing hymns, praying and listening to readings from the Bible were just some of the activities that took place when the local community vicar, the Rev Johnathan Strickland, from St. Barnabas, from Inham Nook performed the ceremony.

At the end of the service, residents told staff that they still pray before going to bed every night, despite the church being closed during the Coronavirus, and hearing words from the Bible gave them a renewed hope again.

“I know how much our congregation in the church have enjoyed meeting once again, so I was delighted when it was possible to come and lead a service in Chetwynd House. everyone benefits from being able to sing and pray together” said Rev. John.

Kate Gilvear, Home Manager, said it was very important to provide residents with the ability to practice their individual religious beliefs. She added:

“It was wonderful to see our residents signing the hymns, reciting the prayers and saying the lord’s prayer loud and proud once again. There was a feeling of spiritual calm in our home. We really enjoyed coming together for this very special moment and cannot wait for the next service. It was such a lovely atmosphere and a magical day.”

Chetwynd House offers specialist dementia, residential and short-term respite care.

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